The Schrodinger’s Cat

If you follow the pop culture, you must have already heard this term at least once. For those who haven’t, Schrödinger’s cat isn’t about some pet Cat. It is a thought experiment performed (or rather, thought) by Erwin Schrödinger. The experiment later went on to become a popular term for many pop culture references, internet jokes, memes and even T-Shirts. But, what is this experiment really about? What was Erwin Schrödinger trying to prove by putting an innocent imaginary cat in a complicated situation of life and death? Let’s find out.


Before we move to the actual experiment, let’s first know why Schrodinger thought of the experiment in the first place. This has to do with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics. What is it? Well, it basically says that according to Quantum Theory, all the matter exists in two forms particle and wave. Now, as for the bigger objects such as cats, the wave properties cannot be observed as their wavelengths are very negligible. But, for objects like atoms or electrons, the particle and wave duality can be observed and they do show properties of both waves and particles. The Copenhagen interpretation says that if every matter exhibits the dual nature then, any physical properties such as length, speed or even position of that object cannot be definitely determined as a wave does not have a single position but many positions along its wavelength. So, it stated that any particle exhibits in all states unless an Continue reading